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Martin & Rosa

January 21, 2013

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For many, this day means no work or no school and the meaning behind the holiday is lost. Alas, people still need insurance so here I sit penning away a blog post at Founders Insurance Group!

A comment was made to me yesterday about this holiday celebration: “Why Dr. King, why not Rosa Parks?” I’ve really been thinking about that question – ergo the blog post.

For me, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not just a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy but really about our country’s civil rights movement. Where we came from, what we’ve accomplished and where we still need to grow as a country. What many people now take for granted on a daily basis was simply a dream 50-60 years ago: Integration in schools, equality on the job….being able to sit at the same lunch counter with someone of a different ethnic background. Today’s generation would find these things hard to fathom – but in my parents’ generation this was simply “how it was”. Let’s face it; there are parts of our country today where people say “That’s just how it is”.

People like Dr. King and Rosa Parks are proof that one person can make a difference in the world. That one person can affect change. Nothing happens without action, or repeating past behaviors will change nothing. To quote Albert Einstein: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Cindy Donaldson, Director of Marketing &  Sales - Founders Insurance Group

Cindy Donaldson, Director of Marketing & Sales – Founders Insurance Group

So today, let us celebrate difference and equality. Try something new, open your mind to another culture, help a neighbor, do a nice deed or take a stand on something you believe in.

Embrace our melting pot we call America.

Cindy Donaldson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2013 11:05 pm

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and all those who have inspired us to work toward equality. You are right we have a long way to go.

    I chose to write today on the racism that was and still is prevalent among some white Midwesterners. It’s called “Was He Only Dreaming?: Hoosier Perspectives on Martin Luther King”. I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think.

    • January 22, 2013 9:19 am

      Thanks for reading and I concur – we do have long way to go. I look forward to reading your blog!

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